Easter Sunday, 2013 will be particularly memorable for the Parish of St. Helen’s, Point Grey as it will mark the first time that the church bell will be officially rung in the new bell tower. The ringing of the bell calling people to the Easter Sunday Festival Eucharist is scheduled for 10am.St. Helen’s celebrated 100 years as a parish in 2012 and a large part of the centennial observance involved projects to improve and rejuvenate the church grounds and structures. A number of improvements, including new worship furnishings and a new wood floor in the chancel were done in the interior of the building last year. The next component involves exterior renovation and the bell tower is the first completed component of that project. Parts of the current plaza, fence and gardens are going to be removed and a more welcoming entry plaza created. The new plaza will feature an open plan, new signage, and lighting, all geared toward directing attention to the church building’s main entrance.
In a brief conversation Bob had with diocesan communications he recommended stopping by and viewing the new bell tower after dark to get the full impact of the design when it is brightly lit. We think we will take him up on that offer in the very near future. Stay tuned for some night photos.
Images: Homepage, the cross and the top two thirds of the bell enclosure. Top, the Bell. Upper right, the current plaza entrance. Middle left, a model of the front of the church showing the open plan and direct visual access to the building entrance. Lower right, the Cross towers above the bell enclosure. Bottom left, the Rev. Scott Gould in front of the bell enclosure.